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Posted by steph
Last Reply March 13, 2007 at 02:48
Started March 12, 2007 at 23:28
Just a thought...
A friend of mine had a knee op and took the homeopathic remedy 'arnica' in pillule form. It aids tissue repair. The nurses looking after him said they'd never seen a wound heal so fast and with so little redness or bruising.

The sooner the wound heals, the less chance of infection.

I bought some homeopathic remedies from Helios Pharmacy tel 01892 536393 (for my dog!) and it was only about £5 including postage and arrived the following day. They will advise as to what dose you would need.

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Activated Oxygen
Posted by Jay C
Last Reply March 12, 2007 at 22:57
Started March 12, 2007 at 22:57
Has anyone tried this treatment as it is advertised? Does it work? We are desperate as yet another major operation looms - as a result of infected wounds from the last operation.

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Posted by jean
Last Reply March 12, 2007 at 22:28
Started March 12, 2007 at 21:22
okay so in december i was diagnosed with the mrsa virus, and since have been fine. i just found out today that it has colonized in my nose. what does this mean? it will be weeks before i can see a specialist and like a lot of others this just takes a huge toll on my body physically and mentaly. i feel like i just cant wait that long to get answers, everyday is a struggle emotionally. any answers?

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Guidelines from HPA
Posted by a concerned health worker
Last Reply March 11, 2007 at 17:53
Started March 11, 2007 at 15:08
For information about MRSA/C.diff look at the Health protection Agency website, especially the Standard operating procedures. It's a bit technical but gives a background to the bacteria and recommends how investigations should be carried out eg how specimens should be collected etc. You may find it useful. i may be able to answer any queries you have about the info it contains.
BSOP10 and 29 will be especially of interest.

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Please help us, our baby died x
Posted by Davina Greer
Last Reply March 11, 2007 at 15:59
Started March 9, 2007 at 12:19
Can anybody tell me anything about MRSE? We had never heard of this before until researching it. It appears in articles very often with MRSA. One of our triplets died in Aug 06 of Staphylococcal Epidermis after being treated for about 10 days with every type of antibiotic they had, and even some trial ones. We have since researched this and we believe he had the Methicillan Resistant strain, therefore MRSE. Now what do we do with this information, no procedures were followed at the time, such as wearing of gowns and cloves, which we have since discovered is what should happen. We chose not to have a post mortem at the time. We are in the process of getting his notes. Please help us, where do we go from here? We feel we have been mislead as at the time the Doctors told us it was just one of those things with premature babies, that he didn't respond to the treatment. So if he hadn't of been cared for in this hospital he might never have gotten this deadly infection. (we were transferr... read more

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HPA findings
Posted by Bev
Last Reply March 10, 2007 at 16:07
Started September 14, 2005 at 10:40
Europe's super-bug problem


Hospitals which make heavy use of antibiotics are among those most likely to be plagued by MRSA infection, according to new findings.

Two kinds of antibiotic in particular, macrolides and third generation cephalosporins, seem to trigger the spread of MRSA, according to research coordinated by Britain’s Health Protection Agency.

Some 300 hospitals across Europe were studied for the research, reported to the HPA’s annual conference at Warwick University.

The study, known as ARPAC or Antibiotic Resistance, Prevention And Control Project, also confirmed that having good infection control measures helped to limit the spread of MRSA.

These included the screening of staff for infection, controlled wearing of gowns and gloves and the use of alcohol-based disinfectants.

Professor Barry Cookson, who helped run the project for the HPA, said: "
"In addition ... read more

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Posted by sarah
Last Reply March 8, 2007 at 16:55
Started March 7, 2007 at 13:35
hi am doin a project in college on mrsa and i am wondering if you have to have a specific diet or take any kind of vitimins to help recover? could u answer and let me know please

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To Derek
Posted by Rita
Last Reply March 8, 2007 at 01:01
Started March 6, 2007 at 08:33
Finally after 2 years the HCC have upheld our complaint against Basildon Hospital but unfortunately we feel completely let down. Yes, it is a good result after all our hard work but we still do not have any answers as to why things happened or did not happen as the case maybe. Three weeks after my husband died we were told he died of cardiac arrest brought on by an infection contracted on the ward. We know he had MRSA in bed sores - he did not have bed sores when he went in - but we are now being told that he was only colonised it was not in his bloodstream as far as his records show??? The death certificate states non-hodgkins lymphoma and we were told by the same doctor that told us he died of infection that this was technically incorrect. Yes he was seriously ill because with a diagnosis of an agressive form of cancer he was left for nearly a month without any treatment for this. With the type he had I do not believe that he would have made the 2 year survival rate let alone... read more

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Your ideas for MRSA publicity and action.
Posted by MattS
Last Reply March 5, 2007 at 19:43
Started February 2, 2007 at 08:13
To: All Around The World

I would like to know about your ideas for how to give governments, pharmaceutical companies, and medical associations no other option but to actually see MRSA, and what will inevitably happen to their own children and grand-children if they do nothing. Not ideas on how to punish (that's the easy part) but, how to put a camera in someones face, and ask the really hard questions nobody wants to take the blame for answering accurately. How do we embarrass, harrass, bother, or otherwise act unpleasently to publically get the message across that MRSA is here, now and that positive action on their part is a requirement, not an option. I will interested to see what everyone comes up with!!

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Posted by john.j
Last Reply March 5, 2007
Started February 14, 2007 at 22:51
I reason to suspect that mrsa results are in one way or another being minipulate,taken a swob when the area is dry and after it has been washed in antibacterial wash. This will result in the swob report being negative.The patient is then told that they no longer have mrsa.How does one get too the truth?Obviously they know what they are doing or have been told by some one in authority when to take the swob knowing full well what the results will be.

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MRSA out of th Body
Posted by John Dalziel
Last Reply March 4, 2007 at 18:11
Started February 17, 2007 at 10:04
I work for The NHS Wheelchair service and we are told by the infection control people that MRSA can only survive out in the air for 24 to 48 hours is this true or can we pick it up off the chairs after this period. the chairs arrive to us via various trans port companies and I am concerned for their drivers wellbeing

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Posted by R G Lock cllr
Last Reply March 4, 2007 at 18:01
Started February 25, 2007 at 16:59
I think it is time people stood up and demand that our
hospitals revert back to ward sisters, the reason for this
comment is thus; WARDS were kept clean and inspected every
day under the watchful eye of the Sister.Outside cleaners are only interested in money / time. that is a sorry fact of the matter For goodness sake wake up and smell the coffee

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C-diff Petition for government
Posted by Nicola P
Last Reply March 4, 2007 at 17:29
Started January 19, 2007 at 09:18
I have tragically lost someone to C-diff and through my research on the net I came across this:


Submitted by Stuart Maskery of Clostridium Difficile Support UK – Deadline to sign up by: 15 February 2007 – Signatures: 648

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C diff - infection control
Posted by Caron
Last Reply March 1, 2007 at 22:41
Started March 1, 2007 at 10:42
My Mother-in-Law died 2 days ago with C diff in her residential home. What adice is issued to the funeral directors who are handling her body...none! I am so concerned about the general advice that should be given to patients, visitors, carers, it just is not happening! We are all being kept in ignorance by those who should be giving advice. I feel that most carers seem to be lacking in knowledge and that I have had to warn the carers and visitors to take more appropriate care as very little guidance has been given.

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Update on medico-legal nonsense
Posted by jennyr
Last Reply March 1, 2007 at 22:16
Started January 28, 2007 at 21:40
Just thought I would provide an update on a medico-legal farce that we have unwittingly found ourselves at the centre of. As already posted, our daughter, then aged 8, suffered crippling complications and chronic pain following an improperly treated joint infection. The complications were due to a combination of medical errors which are probably common in cases of MRSA and other chronic infections - failure to promptly diagnose, failure to carry out appropriate tests, failure to coordinate between medics etc. Probably a very familiar scenario in many cases of medical negligence. One of our parents is a doctor (one of the unusual ones who is capable of independent thought).
Anyway, as the hospital involved admitted to at least one error and offered to pay expenses, we felt it would help in assessing damages to consult a legal firm thinking they would help put in a reasonable claim on behalf of our daughter who had undergone lots of operations and physio and was hobbling about on c... read more

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MRSA in the cell block environmemt
Posted by John Wilkes
Last Reply March 1, 2007 at 22:13
Started February 26, 2007 at 13:21
I am a Custody Sergeant working in a city based cell block where the majority of our prisoners are class A drug abusers.
We have just had a prisoner in a cell overnight to go to court and were advised that he had MRSA, the prisoner in question had a number of open wounds/sores about his body.

Can any Health Proffesionals advice on protocols for dealing with this sort of prisoner. The sort of regular contact we would have would include fingerprinting, taking DNA mouth swabs and routine supervision of general welfare (feeding etc). Due to the nature of the people we deal with occasional physical violence is also a possibility.

Can advice also be given on cell cleaning (the next person in the cell will more than likely also be a class a drug addict with associated health issues) and staff welfare. issues.

John Wilkes

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Manuka Honey
Posted by Rachel J
Last Reply February 28, 2007 at 22:59
Started December 6, 2006 at 20:15
Hi there ,
Can anyone tell me if they have ever treated or cured their MRSA infection with manuka honey ? i am suffering a MRSA infection in the form of boils at the minute and i'm willing to try anything . Do i use the honey on dressings or eat it ???? Sorry if this has been talked about on here before . Thanks.

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A Spoonful of Honey
Posted by Tina Rowley
Last Reply February 28, 2007 at 19:48
Started February 28, 2007 at 19:48
Honey could be the latest weapon in the battle against hospital superbugs: Daily Mail February 27 Science Correspondent Julie Wheldon.
It has long been used to dress wounds by the Aborigines, who trusted it's anti-bacterial powers.After watching them at work doctors have combined sterile honey from Autralian bees with seaweed to clean wounds infected after heart surgery.Medihoney is already being used on patients at the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough (the hospital where my late twin brother caught MRSA and died in March 2004).
It is combined with a gum extracted from the seaweed which helps draw out and absorb harmful bacteria. The ingredients are then placed on dressings which are applied to the wound.
Previously honey has been combined with antibacterial compounds and used on patients with catheter infections in a kidney unit in Brisbane.
Doctors found that as well as fighting bacteria the mixture was not met with the resistance commonly seen when conventional... read more

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33 year old dead
Posted by Derek Butler
Last Reply February 27, 2007 at 23:04
Started February 27, 2007 at 23:04
Headlines Mansfield Today:

Horror crash biker contracted MRSA
A MOTORCYCLIST who was hurled from his bike after a horror smash on the A616 in Ollerton, ended up contracting MRSA in hospital and dying nearly three weeks later, an inquest was told on Friday.
Edward Montague (33), from Bolsover, was taken to King's Mill Hospital with 'limb threatening' injuries after the smash on 1st July, but lost his battle for life after a wound later became infected by the deadly hospital superbug.

He had been travelling towards Warsop on his high-powered Yamaha bike when he was in collision with a Rover 25 car, which was performing a U-turn in the middle of the road.

The car had been parked in a layby opposite the Green Hut Cafe, where the driver and her passengers had been having breakfast, and turned into the centre of the road when Mr Montague's bike collided with the side of the vehicle.

Nottinghamshire Assistant Coroner Martin Gotheridge said although Mr Montague may have been t... read more

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Swab results Staph Infection ?
Posted by Mags
Last Reply February 27, 2007 at 18:29
Started February 27, 2007 at 13:27
I have had my swab results today and the district nurse tells me there is a ''staph infection''in the open wound ( now there's a surprise)!!
when i asked her what is a staph infection she said any body can have it on there skin.
She said that there are antibiotics being sent to me from the pharmacy.
I have written an earlier post on the web site explaining the operation i had etc & the wound opening up and puss leakage & haveing to have district nurse every day since december in this time this would be the third swab other two came back clear ( strangly enough ) these anti'B's will be my third lot
My Q to the forum is this please and thanks in advance
Is this '' staph infection MRSA / or is there a possibility that it is ?
Still not feeling well after having op 2 months ago still having heart futterings etc.
Thank you


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